Nakusp council, November 8: Changing of guard at Nakusp Village office

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New leader at Village Hall

A couple of motions passed that made the hiring of Nakusp’s new chief administrative officer official. Councillors voted to appoint Wayne Robinson as the Village CAO, corporate officer and approving officer effective November 15.

Robinson was hired in September and comes to Nakusp from Valemount in the East Kootenay, where he held the top job in the Village office. He replaces Cheryl Martens, who resigned as Nakusp’s CAO last spring for personal reasons.

A second motion officially ended the term of Linda Tynan, who’s been acting CAO for the Village since March.

Nakusp Mayor Tom Zeleznik said the Village was thankful Tynan had “come to our aid to help stabilize our community on such short notice.”

“In Linda’s short time here – less than six months – there were several projects that were underway that needed urgent immediate attention,” said Zeleznik. “Without hesitation, Linda jumped in and worked extremely hard with council and staff. We are all, including residents, very thankful for her wealth of knowledge, expertise, along with her guidance and direction to help ensure that things have been simplified in moving forward in the right direction.”

Zelznik added that Tynan will be available to help Robinson get up to speed on the many issues on council’s plate.

Variance approved

A Nakusp couple has permission to build a narrower house than is usually allowed, to shoehorn it into a thin village lot.

Reynold and Rebecca Ott were granted a development variance permit for their property at 719 1st Street, where they are planning to construct a 20’ x 40’ single-family home and a 20’ x 24’ garage.

“We think our plans fit into the Village plan to increase housing density,” the couple wrote in their application. “The requested variances allow for better use on a smaller lot size.”

The current Village of Nakusp zoning bylaw requires principle buildings to be a minimum of 24 feet wide.

“This is difficult to achieve on lots such as this one, which is only 30 feet wide,” said a staff report. “A 20-foot width allows five-foot side setbacks to be maintained.”

With the variance approved, they’ll be allowed to build the house and garage about four feet narrower than the usual 24-foot minimum. They were also allowed to increase the garage floor area from 10% of the parcel’s square-footage to 14%.

The front setback of the house was also reduced from 20 to 15 feet.

As per the application process, letters were sent out to neighbours. No comments were received back, staff noted.

Edgewood gets Legacy grant

The community group that is trying to improve cell service in Edgewood is getting a hand from the NACFOR Legacy Fund.

Council rubber-stamped a request from Area K Director Paul Peterson for $15,172 from the fund for the Edgewood Community Club.

The fund is generated from revenues by the community forest, and go to community projects in Nakusp and Area K. There’s still more than $217,000 in the fund earmarked for southern Arrow Lakes projects, staff noted.

Recycling area expansion

Expansion of Nakusp’s recycling area will likely be approved at the next RDCK meeting. Mayor Zeleznik reported that the RDCK West Resource Recovery Committee meeting is recommending expansion and an alternate exit route at the facility, to address congestion and safety issues.

Annual appointments

When the mayor’s away – other councillors get to sit in on the job. Council set its acting mayor schedule for the next year. Each councillor takes three months of stand-by duty over the next 12 months. Councillor Aidan McLaren-Caux is first up, starting this month, and will be followed by Councillors Hughes, DeSandoli, and then Miller.

Councillors also set their appointments to about two dozen community groups and agencies, from the Public Art Committee (DeSandoli and Hughes) to the Rotary Playground Committee (McLaren-Caux and Miller).

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice

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